Did you know that choosing the right facial cleanser can make or break your skin care routine? Your facial cleanser is the most important part of your routine.
If you have a mostly dry skin type, you will want to opt for a cleanser that is effective enough to remove dry skin cells which often build up and can lead to a dull appearance, but gentle enough not to over dry your skin and lead to excessive dryness and irritation.
If you have combination skin, opt for a cleanser that will offer you gentle deep cleansing. Be careful not to choose a cleanser which will over dry or over exfoliate your skin as this can lead to unbalanced skin.
For oily skin types, choose a cleanser that will cleanse thoroughly and reach the pores to absorb excess oil and build up.
So I started experimenting with non-soap ways to clean my face. A trip to the kitchen is all you need to try one of these 4 methods that will gently clean your skin.
The ultimate classic cleanser that kept Cleopatra looking so beautiful. The lactic acid works to remove dead skin cells while the milk proteins and fat moisturize and plump the skin – so stick with whole milk, not fat-free. To use on your face, pour a small amount into your palm and massage into your skin. You can also combine whole milk with a whipped egg for dry skin or add aloe vera for sensitive skin. Get yourself head to toe milk benefits by adding 2-4 cups to your bath.
Oatmeal is one of the best natural cleansers hiding in your pantry. The soft texture gently exfoliates, so it’s a perfect mild cleanser for sensitive skin. Grind 1/4 cup whole oats and store in a sealed container. When you’re ready to cleanse, combine a pinch of powder with a small amount of water, oil in your palm to make a paste. Massage into skin and rinse with warm water. Mix up your cleansing grains by adding wheat germ, cornmeal or ground rice.
I love lemons! They’re are an excellent cleanser for oily skin and help make you look younger. You can combine lemon juice with milk or yogurt for a creamier cleanser or apply the juice after you cleanse for a non scrubbing exfoliator. I like to apply fresh lemon juice directly to my skin, let it absorb for a few minutes (don’t rinse) and then moisturize. It sounds like it would sting or make your skin dry but it actually feels quite refreshing – just don’t get it in your eyes!
I started using honey on my skin on a regular basis, and, wow, it feels amazing! Honey is a natural humectant that draws moisture from the air, leaving your face dewy and soft. Plus raw honey has amazing healing properties that soothe irritated skin and reduce redness. You can combine 1/2 cup of honey with 1-2 tablespoons of castile soap for a foaming gel cleanser.
What is your favourite cleanser/non soap cleanser?